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No, it doesn't change the meaning. The letter bes that starts that word appears with a dot in it usually, but without one after a word (in the same phrase) that ends in an open syllable. (Usually.) The pronunciation changes between these two forms, but not the meaning. It's not unique to this word, either, but true of all words that start with a bes, gimel, ...


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There is a tradition that these three people had asked Ezekiel whether they would be saved, and he responded in the negative. The story is referred to in Zohar Toldos 142a but discussed at length in Midrash Rabba Shir Hashirim (sometimes called Midrash Chazis) 7:13. There, a long discussion is recorded between these three would-be martyrs and the prophet ...


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I suggest you read the end of this article by R' Yisroel Blumenthal. The content is intended to be anti-missionary, but nonetheless gives the interpretation of Jewish commentators. (Note that rarely is there actual consensus among Jewish commentators to the Bible, especially with interpretations of vague visions such as this one, but in this case the one ...


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I was able to find this PDF which claims that historical evidence gives tangential evidence to the story in Daniel. http://www.biblehistory.net/Meshach_Shadrach_Abed-Nego.pdf He mentions that the names of these three people are found on a 5 sided clay prism from Babylonia, but so far I've only found Christian sites that make reference to this pillar. It ...


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From the plain reading of the text (Daniel 3:17-18), we see that they were unsure whether Hashem would save them. In particular, they say (3:18) והן לא (and if [Hashem does] not [save us]). In Shir HaShirim Rabbah (on 7:8, על דעת ר׳ שמעון), we see a midrash that relates how Chananiah, Mishael, and Azariah went to Ezekiel to ask whether Hashem would be ...


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The following is a literal translation with no care for phrases, or implied context. However grammatical tense has mostly been removed because I'm not sure which grammar system is used in Daniel. If there is any word I mistranslated, please correct me. בִּתְחִלַּת תַּחֲנוּנֶיךָ יָצָא דָבָר, וַאֲנִי בָּאתִי לְהַגִּיד--כִּי חֲמוּדוֹת, אָתָּה; וּבִין, ...


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translation here http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16492 and scholarly links translations here: http://www.bible-researcher.com/links02.html


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There are various explanations among the commentators; here's the M'tzudos'. I've put in square brackets the parts that don't translate the verse. And after the sixty-two [complete] seven-year periods [from the start of the construction of the second Temple], the anointed [Agrippa] will be cut down and gone, and the nation [Rome] of the ruler ([Titus] ...


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Gesenius's dictionary has this to say: אדין - afterwards, then באדין - at the same time, ie. immediately. Thus, there seems to be a question of immediacy in the choice of whether to have the ב prefix or not. This meaning seems to be hinted at in Jastrow as well, but not as explicitly as in Gesenius.


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The "one like a man" is no one in particular: this is a dream. But whom does the dream allude to by that character? The messiah, according to the commentaries on that verse (Rashi, ibn Ezra, M'tzudas David) and as alluded to in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 98:1).


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In the Babylonian Talmud, the rabbis were attempting to resolve the supposed contradiction between Isa. 6:2 ("I saw G-d") and Exo. 33:20 ("no man can see Me and live"). In tractate Yevamot 49b, it is written, "I saw G-d" is [understood] in accordance with what was taught: All the prophets looked into a mirror that is not clear, but Moshe looked into a ...


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Maimonides (a foremost codifier of Jewish Law) in the first chapter of his Laws of the Foundations of the Torah explains the concept of seeing a vision of G-d: Behold, it is explicitly stated in the Torah and [the works of] the prophets that the Holy One, blessed be He, is not [confined to] a body or physical form . . If so, what is the meaning of ...


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In HeiKhalot Rabbati, R. Ishmael says that the 70 weeks refers to 700 years. [137] Said Rabbi Ishmael: And even as Daniel explained I found written [Daniel 9.24] “Seventy weeks are decreed upon Thy people and upon Thy holy city to finish the transgression and to make an end of sins and to make reconciliation for iniquity and to bring in ...



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